Work and Tea

Hi everyone!

Today is a work from home day. I deal with a lot of the behind the scenes details of our business, DTL Herbs LTD. So, a lot of business is dealt with from home.

And today I needed to mail out flyers to local organizations regarding our last herb presentations for 2012 series. Although we have a lot of bookings already and most organizations have had their guest speakers already booked at this point, we discovered last year, that often, for whatever reason, a speaker has to cancel and the organization is left without anyone. So, sending out these last minute reminders often results in some extra speaking engagements for us.

Are you wondering what kind of places we speak at? Here is just an example:

  • Garden Clubs
  • Colleges
  • Libraries
  • Extension Programs
  • High Schools
  • Other Various Clubs

We do have a bulk email list that we contact people through but, I also find it very effective to actually mail out flyers. There is something about having the tangible information right in your hand.

So, today is an old fashion, stuff and address envelopes business day. Since I do so much business via the internet or phone, this is a tedious job. But, it needs to be done.

To make it a bit more enjoyable, I decided to make a pot of tea and use a pretty teapot and teacup. It will be just a simple tea.


It feels like a yellow rose kind of day for tea. Whenever I have a working tea, I really like to have everything on a tray so I can easily move it out of my way if I need to.




This yellow rose teapot is one of my favorites. I just love the shape of it and it is a nice large pot. I often use it for coffee as well. It just depends on my mood.


I am using a teacup and saucer that I haven’t shown you yet. It was a gift from Troy this past Christmas.


The yellow roses are gorgeous and with the added brown leaf colors, it felt perfect for the Autumn season that is quickly approaching.




Being thrifty is even more important for me when it comes to our business. Every penny spent means I need to make at least 3 pennies to make up for it. But, at the same time, we pride ourselves on using top quality items. Although I can go to the dollar stores and buy envelopes, I try to find heavy weight business size envelopes in colors for correspondence.

One of the things I do is I wait for after Christmas clearance sales. I really like to buy up the green envelopes that are used with Christmas computer stationary. The green just goes well with our whole herb logo. But, I will buy other colors as well. I am out of green so, I am using the red envelopes. Using a color envelopes makes your letter stand out from all the other mail a person receives. And the weight and quality also stands out. Those are important factors to me. I don’t want my envelope to just get tossed out as junk mail.

Using small tips like this when you own your own small business can set you apart.

IMG_4195And when you are doing tedious work like this, a little treat never hurts! I made some brownies and used the coconut caramel frosting. Oh, that frosting is just addictive! 


So, thank you for joining me for tea while I do some work. The break was much needed! I hope you have a wonderful day!

I’m joining:

Make it Pretty Monday

Tea Time Tuesday

Tuesday Cuppa Tea

A Return to Loveliness

Let’s Dish!


  1. I enjoyed joining your for tea, the tray, cup and just everything look lovely, very good tips too! Enjoy your day working at home!

  2. That Troy has such good taste! What a lovely teacup and perfect for the beginning of fall. Love the teapot and oh that brownie looks yummy! Great tips about your business! Things have really boomed for you guys and I could not be happier!!!! Hugs, Linda

  3. It's still been warm here so I've been drinking my iced tea but with fall almost here it'll be time for a good cup of hot tea soon. I love your tea pot and cup. As long as there is work to do you might as well make yourself comfortable.
    Hope you have a great Monday!

  4. I love your tea service. The yellow is bright and cheerful yet lends a touch of fall colors. Your brownie looks so delicious. Your whole tea looks so refreshing.

    Jocelyn @

  5. Hi Diann,
    Your tea today is wonderful in shades of yellow roses! Your teacup is very sweet and it is perfect for Autumn! Your Troy knows how to choose a teacup, doesn't he? You have trained him well. Thanks for joining me today and you've given some very good tips for small business owners. I like the envelope idea!


  6. That brownie looks so yummy gooie good!! What a pretty way to do work.

  7. Hi Diann,
    perfect choise of china and treats for the season. You know how to make every moment special. Thank you for sharing. I wish you much success for the herbs presentation.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  8. What a pretty tea service, Diann! I wish I had a bite of that delicious looking brownie !!

  9. You are a very busy person and the idea of sending letters to organizations is a wise one. The lovely yellow rose tea cup and saucer plus teapot is just right for a autumn tea. What a sweet tray with the grapes.

    Thanks, Pam

  10. How nice is it to work from home and what a nice special little break. Yellow is a favorite of mine and I am loving the combination of the yellow and brown on your beautiful china.

  11. I enjoyed the interesting tidbits about your business. The teacup is beautiful. Is that the same frosting that is on German Chocolate cake?

  12. Your brownies are jummy!! And it does seem like a yellow kind of day for a lot of folks! Must be fall calling. Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  13. Love your working Tea Tray!
    And that sweet cup and saucer with yellow roses on it is so pretty!!


  14. Troy has good taste in his "lady" and purchasing "teacups" for his lady love..

  15. Beautiful Diann, what a lovely simple tea. The yellow theme is so pretty, one I choose often as well. Your new yellow roses cup is really lovely. It has that perfect vintage look! Taking tea along side your work sounds like a very good idea. It helps the work get done in a calm atmosphere.

  16. Hello Diann
    I love the colors of the rose on your teacup , definitely a fall bloom. We just had a lady to our garden club last night to speak on herbs and she's written several books. 8 members made some of her recipes and she did one during her lecture and we sampled afterwards. With the return of veggie gardening in a big way I do hope the clubs in your area book a talk with your company on cooking with herbs.

  17. I love the teacup you chose. It is so very pretty.


  18. Hi Diann, I adore your yellow rose teacup and teapot! Your tea tray is so pretty today. The brownie looks really good too. Best of luck with your business- I enjoyed the tips you shared too.

  19. Hi Diann....Oh, that's a gorgeous tea cup. I love yellow roses. The treat looked decadent. Oh man. I'd want to eat the whole pan! ha!

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog today, too.

    Just attended a lecture and Mediterranean herb demonstration by owners of a lavender farm in western Massachusetts. It was soooo interesting. Take care. Susan

  20. That is such a beautiful way to take a work break. Love the yellow. Blessings, Ginger

  21. I love the teapot and cup! It is so pretty! Wish I had one of those brownies!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. You have a wonderful collection of tea cups/pots, makes me wish I was a tea sipper. The brownie looks yummy!

  23. Beautiful tea time tray. Made me think of the Yellow Rose of Texas. ;-)

  24. What a treat to see that pretty teapot and teacup! I love the fall roses design, especially.

  25. What a lovely tea! The china is so pretty.
    Yep on the sales, and don't forget the green is good for St. Pay's Day too! :)
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!


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